Mygeek I'am running windows xp.I didn't know how to get back to you other then posting this.
Mine is a Gateway, only a few months old, refurbished when I bought it. First there is a loud fan noise (similar to when we load a disc into the cd/dvd drive), then it shuts down and restarts. Doesn't matter whether we're working on the PC or in another room.
...yeah if its booting then it sounds like a pretty bad virus, you should try to start in safe mode first by following instructions here: "http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304449" (minus quotes) ,otherwise you'll have to try a system restore with your restore disk or the operating system disk, and if that doesn't work you'll have to do a clean system install with your operating system disk, which will need you to reformat your hard drive (which erases everything on it) so be sure to have tried everything else before doing that. If you need help on that go here: "http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313348" ,you can skip much of the instructions on that page, just be sure to choose 'NTFS' for your file system. Also if you choose to reformat, you may need to install new drivers for the devices on your computer as well, go here: "http://support.gateway.com/support/drivers/search.asp?ref=step&st=browse&platform=10021&model=10711&os=&type=" ...hope this helps :).
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Re: My computer keeps restarting why??
HI, your system has contracted a nasty virus that has destroyed a vital system 32 file that is needed for stability. You will have to preform a restoration to bring back stability and continuity. A good way to do this is to use the system restore disk that should have been delivered along with this unit. if you don't have this disk, you can use a Windows Xp install disk as well. be sure to wipe the partitions and reformat the drive to rid the system of this horrid virus attack.
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Try the Gateway site, but many XP drivers are being removed from Vendor's sites.
If this machine is running XP, or earlier (98, 2000, ME, etc.), beware. It is no longer supported, and hackers will be looking for these machines to infect. I recommend you back up your data (pictures, documents, etc.) and get a newer machine, or don't try to get on the Internet with this one. If the machine won't boot or let you back it up, and you have important files on it, you could purchase a USB Hard Drive Adaptor, pull out the hard drive, and copy any important files to another machine. That way, at least you may not lose your files. Good luck.
1.Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD drive, and then restart the computer. 2.Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD drive if you are prompted. 3.When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console. 4.Press 1 (One) to select windows XP and then hit enter. 5.When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER. 6.At the command prompt, Type Bootrec /RebuildBcd and then press ENTER. 7.If the Bootrec.exe tool runs successfully, it presents you with an installation path of a Windows directory. To add the entry to the BCD store, type yes. A confirmation message appears that indicates the entry was added successfully. 8.If the Bootrec.exe tool cannot locate any missing Windows installations, you must remove the BCD store, and then you must re-create it. To do this, type the following commands in the order in which they are presented. Press ENTER after each command. Bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
If the computer has the same version of xp on it that the disk has,Just restart in safe mode,Select safe mode with command prompt,When it get to the command prompt,Put the xp disk in and type
This command will immediately initiate the Windows File Protection service to scan all protected files and verify their integrity, replacing any files with which it finds a problem.
Windows XP keeps a cache (copy) of these essential files at the following location: C:WINDOWS\System32\Dllcache
Probably a virus, or your windows folder got corrupted. Try to use Knoppix (A linux distrobution that boots from a CD) to get all your data onto a pen drive or external hard drive. Download the Knoppix ISO at Knoppix.com and burn it onto a CD or DVD using MagicISO (magiciso.com). Insert the CD, and you should see the boot screen. Open the file manager, and copy all the files you want to keep from your hard drive to a pen drive or external hard drive. Then, reinstall Windows using a recovery CD (one might have come with your computer). Copy the files back, and PRESTO!
Go to http://www.ubcd4win.com/index.htm to download UBCD4Win. UBCD4Win will allow you to creat a bootable disc with your Windows disc that will have the Windows environment and tools to recover passwords among other things. Read the instructions carefully.
Sounds like the cable is not securely connected to the motherboard.
I would doubt the OS is responsible for this problem.
Nice little machine, the service manual is available for download for free. Might give a shot at refastening the cable.
If you're not that enthusiastic about taking a laptop apart, possibly an external mouse?
Put XP back on. If you have enough memory, it runs just fine.
You should be able to change this setting in the PC bios menu. Windows XP should interact with this and change it automatically, but it occasionally doesn't.
If you have trouble finding the appropriate menu and changing it, please post back with details of your PC (ideally motherboard make and model) and we can hopefully talk you through it.
When the computer starts up, there should be a screen before the windows XP screen which says something like "press f8 to enter BIOS setup", but all machines are a little different. If you can get into the BIOS setup, only change things which you are sure you know what they will do, or you can cause all sorts of problems.
Hope this helps, post back with system details if you need more :)